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Comment: Re:Recycling Materials (Score 1) 127

All of a sudden, getting into a crash doesn't mean you have to junk the whole car. You can salvage the body and a lot of the parts (in theory). Wait a week or two and voila, you have a brand new product.

In theory we should be doing this with existing cars, but they just don't seem to be built for it

No, instead they're built in a way that dissipates the energy so you survive the crash. Yes the car is totalled but you stand a higher chance of walking away from the accident. You seem to want to reverse the advances there have been in crash protection.

Comment: Re:islam (Score 1) 1350

by Computershack (#48756101) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Seriously, you cannot kill as a Christian, because 1. you can't kill

Actually you can. Because the religious hypocrites who scribed the bible realised that they still needed people to fight wars for them they added a clause which said you can kill as a Christian without sin if you're a soldier fighting in a war and in other circumstances even civilians. David is praised for killing Goliath and one of his men credited for killing 800.

Here's some good old hypocrisy from the Bible in Deutronomy 20:10-18 for killing civilians which seems quite familiar with what the Islamic Fundalmentalists say:
- the population of cities outside of the Promised Land, if they surrender, should be made tributaries and left alive (20:10-11)
- those cities outside of the Promised Land that resist should be besieged, and once they fall, the male population should be exterminated, but the women and children should be left alive (20:12-15)
- of those cities that were within the Promised Land, however, the population should be exterminated entirely (20:16-18), specifically "the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites" (20:16-18). Deuteronomy 25:19 further commands the extermination of the Amalekites.

+ - UK Arrest over Xbox Live and Playstation Network outages->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes " is reporting the arrest of one Vincent Omari, a UK citizen, in the Christmas Day DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks on the Sony's PSN and Microsoft's XBL systems: 'In documents sent to Neowin, Vinnie Omari has been accused of "hacking of the Playstation Network and Xbox Live systems over the Christmas Period"... While this is the first arrest related to the recent service disruptions, it may not be the last... In further conversations with those who are familiar with the investigation and the arrest, Omari believes that the police will not find anything of substance on his computers. He's alleged crime is that he helped coordinate the DDOS attack on the service. Further, Omari believes that this arrest will give him more credibility in the cyber security space.'"
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+ - Lizardsquad member Vinnie Omari arrested, home raided.->

Submitted by Computershack
Computershack (1143409) writes "The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) has arrested a 22-year-old man from Twickenham on suspicion of fraud by false representation and Computer Misuse Act offences.

The arrest yesterday (30/12) is in connection with an ongoing investigation in to cyber fraud offences which took place between 2013 and August 2014 during which victims reported funds being stolen from their PayPal accounts. The arrested man was released on bail until 10 March."

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Comment: Re:Amount could be reduced, not increased... (Score 1) 75

by Computershack (#48696661) Attached to: Apple Pay For the UK

Do realize that they could be uncomfortable because the amount of data Apple wants to collect is greatly REDUCED from what credit cards collect - the statement does not state which direction of the amount goes.

Credit cards in the UK don't work like they do in the USA. The only thing the credit card company knows is how much you've spent and what retailer you've spent it at. They don't know what you've bought. My credit card company online statements break down spending into categories. Quite a lot of the time its in the wrong category because I've bought something somewhere which is not that company's main line of business. An example would be buying screenwash at Tesco for my car. It doesn't go through as automotive but groceries if I buy it from the store and not the supermarket forecourt.

Comment: Re:But what laws are they breaking? (Score 1) 139

They certainly do have laws against this. Here in the UK there is the Computer Misuse Act which is the most obvious. As regards to a solution, you can't really defend against a DDoS. There is no way to distinguish a legitimate request to from one from a machine that is part of a Botnet until its done a certain number of retries which makes it obvious.

Comment: Re:4 Days? (Score 1) 250

by Computershack (#48651105) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

It takes about 30 minutes, if that (15-20 normally) to unload 4-6 pallets from the truck,

You'd be fired in most warehouses in the UK if you worked that slow. Shit I loaded myself with a pump truck on Saturday night and stuck 18 pallets on my semi-trailer in half an hour and that is with a forklift truck driver going into the warehouse and bringing them out to me one at a time. It only took them 30 minutes to unload and check 26 pallets I delivered to a Tesco distribution centre on Sunday morning.

Comment: Re:4 Days? (Score 1) 250

by Computershack (#48651095) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

You can unload 13,000 cases of unpalletized canned goods in four hours, the same amount of time it takes anyone else with pallets? That's pretty fucking amazing, I must say.

What the hell? A standard 40' shipping container takes 24 pallets. You can unload/load 24 pallets in about the same number of minutes, even less if they're all stacked on the loading dock next to the ramp for the container. You're probably looking at an hour to unload 13,000 cases palletised.

Comment: Re:Like many inventions ... (Score 5, Informative) 250

by Computershack (#48651083) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets
Thank you for demonstrating you have no fucking clue about haulage or logistics. The vast majority of goods are transported palletised. You can unload 3,000 cases of palletised goods far faster than two or three people stuck in the back of a semi-trailer can put them on a conveyer belt. It takes a warehouse 20 minutes to unload a full 26 pallet load semi-trailer, it takes 2hrs to unload 1500 cases on a conveyer belt. I should know, I've spent 20 years as a trucker.

Please stop commenting about something you don't know shit about, you're just embarrassing yourself.

Comment: Re:Like many inventions ... (Score 5, Informative) 250

by Computershack (#48651077) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

It takes time to build pallets. It takes time to break apart, resort, and rebuild pallets. It costs money to repair and replace the pallets themselves. Pallets require extra ceiling space to actually pick them up and put them into a truck or container, resulting in wasted volume in that truck or container. The logistics industry is quickly moving away from pallets for everything but long term storage.

Actual truck driver here. No they're not or at least in Europe they're not. You can load a pallet onto a truck with just a couple of inches clearance, enough for the skids on the pallet not to slide along the floor. What actually determines pallet height and therefore wasted space in a truck is the racking at the warehouses. Its the spacing between the shelving on the racking. Rented pallets is the model used the most with Chep being the largest player in the world. Most large companies won't accept goods unless they're on Chep pallets, that's how well they're built and how well designed the rental system is. You don't need to worry about the time it takes to build pallets or repair them because Chep take care of that. You merely send one of your trucks in to a Chep factory en-route back to load up 300 pallets or get Chep to deliver them and collect the damaged ones.

Comment: Gotta love the optimism... (Score 1) 275

by Computershack (#48647591) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

Hopefully they will vote with their hard earned money and seek another one of our other valued distributors immediately."

Or after having to watch alternatives they'll come to the realisation of just how shitty Fox News is and just not bother paying to watch them again.

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